Strategy, Mission & Values

Our ethos is expressed in our mission and values; together they underpin our current work and our goals for the future.

Our mission

The maintenance, education and advancement in life of children and young people who through poverty and family circumstances are in need of, and will benefit significantly from, Buttle UK’s support.

Our values

Child-focused. We put children and young people first in the decisions we take. They are the focus of all our efforts and energy.

Empathetic. Empathy and compassion are central to our work with children, young people and families. We act with respect for all people, communities and cultures, and value this in our wider team as well as our grant-making.

Responsive. We are responsive to the needs of children and young people, with a focus on providing swift decisions. We listen and adapt so that we can do better in all aspects of our work and deliver more for those we support.

Collaborative. We collaborate in order to create chances for children and young people that are significantly disadvantaged by crisis and poverty. It is only through working in partnership that we can be truly successful.

Accountable. We are accountable to children, young people, and all those with whom we work. By recognising and acting on this accountability, we will most effectively and appropriately serve the communities for which we exist and deliver the best possible service to meet their needs.

Strategy 2020-2025: Working together for children and young people.

The decision to focus our grant giving efforts on our Chances for Children grants, which includes our support for children in boarding school, has been a significant development for Buttle UK. It has completely transformed our grant giving and affects how we work with others in our sector, our fundraising ambition and our connection with the children, young people and families we support.

Delivering Chances for Children grants since 2018 has shown us there is a considerable demand for broader packages of funding, tailored to the needs of the child, young person or family we are working with.  These grants have been shown to have particular value during the current COVID-19 crisis.

Our current strategy is therefore dedicated to increasing the scale and impact of this work. We will continuously improve these flexible grants to create many more chances for children, offering the kinds of things we would expect any child or young person in the UK to have – no matter what their background – but which so many are currently living without.